A pretty and delicate Renaissance “Penny” ring. In Medieval Europe, turquoise was treasured and was believed to bring fulfilment.

Sometimes called "penny" rings because of their small size and doubtless modest cost, this very tiny ring is set with a turquoise.  Mined in Persia, turquoise is a soft and porous mineral highly prized in the Middle Ages for its talismanic virtues, promising contentment to the wearer, but also protection against various illnesses and mishaps.

Cusped bezel set with a cabochon turquoise, claws pushed back, soldered to the rounded hoop; in excellent condition


For comparisons, see sale London, Christie's, 3 October 1990, lot 426; Hanns-Ulrich Haedecke Collection, Inv. NR1 (with a turquoise, published by Haedecke, no. 266); London, V&A Museum, 954-1871 (published in Oman, 1930, no. 276); ex-Guilhou Collection, 1141 (published in DeRicci, 1912, no. 1141); Cologne, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Inv. G 976 Cl (with turquoise, published in Chadour, 1985, no. 245).


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